Nine singers refined their audition packages at a fall audition workshop, held at the Epiphany School Early Learning Center in Dorchester. Patrice Tiedemann, soprano and artistic director of Seaglass Theater Company, and Damien Francouer-Krzyzek, accompanist and coach, will give feedback on mock auditions. All attendees were able to sing. $25/BSR member, $40/non-member.
Patrice Tiedemann’s performance highlights include Holiday concerts with the Boston Pops, Boston Lyric Opera (The Little Prince), Pioneer Valley Symphony (Cavalleria Rusticana), Piccolo Spoleto Festival (L’enfant Prodigue), Opera Boston (The Consul), Rhode Island Philharmonic, Indianapolis Opera (Otello), Boston Civic Symphony (Verdi Requiem), and appearances with the New Bedford Symphony, The Bostonians, Opera Providence, Cape Cod Opera, Symphony by the Sea and many others in a vast array of repertoire. In the realm of musical theatre, she has appeared with Theatre by the Sea, New Repertory Theatre, Ocean State Theatre Company and New Bedford Festival Theatre in various productions and cabarets.
She is a graduate of Rhode Island College and earned her master’s degree in vocal performance from Indiana University, and received further training as a young artist with Central City Opera and Indianapolis Opera.
She served as the Artistic Director of Charleston Chamber Opera in Charleston, SC from 2008-2013, and currently is the Artistic Director of Seaglass Theater Company, where she produces creatively staged performances of classic repertoire for the Southern New England area.
Collaborative pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek moved to Boston in 2006, and joined the faculty of New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory in 2007. His performing and teaching are inspired by his love of collaborative music making, foreign languages, art song, opera and chamber music.
Damien holds a Specialist Degree in vocal accompanying from the University of Michigan, a Master’s Degree in vocal performance from the University of Denver, and a Bachelor’s Degree in French and Spanish from the University of Colorado. An avid autodidact, Damien has studied and coached more than a dozen languages including Russian, Czech, Portuguese and Catalan.
As an opera coach and rehearsal pianist, Damien has played for more than thirty productions at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Colorado. During the summer of 2014 he played the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s 27 at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and soprano Elizabeth Futral, under the baton of Michael Christie.
Recent concerts in the Boston area include collaborations with soprano Lisa Saffer, baritone Michael Meraw, mezzo-soprano Erica Washburn, violinist Nicholas Kitchen, cellist Yeesun Kim, violist Kim Kashkashian and saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky. In February of 2014, Francoeur-Krzyzek and Radnofsky performed the world premiere of David Amram’s Greenwich Village Portraits in New York City. Last fall he premiered Andrew List's Journey Toward the Eternal Flame for piano, oboe and bassoon, with BSO members John Ferrillo and Richard Svoboda, as part of the Boston Woodwind Society’s Double Reed Day.